The mating game: pollination and fertilization in flowering plants

Curr Opin Plant Biol. 1999 Feb;2(1):18-22. doi: 10.1016/s1369-5266(99)80004-1.


Recent work has revealed signaling molecules that control pollination, including small peptides that mediate pollen recognition and glycoproteins that support pollen tube growth. The polarized growth of pollen tubes requires a calcium-mediated signal cascade, and cues derived from the haploid and diploid ovule cells guide pollen tubes to the eggs.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cell Polarity
  • Fertilization
  • Plant Cells
  • Plant Physiological Phenomena*
  • Plants / embryology
  • Pollen*
  • Seeds